The Texas A&M University Center for Retailing Studies will host its annual Retailing Summit on Oct. 12-13 at the Westin Galleria in Dallas.
Since its launch in 1985, the Retailing Summit has provided inspiring, original content for retail executives. Hundreds of business leaders throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico attend the event.
“Most retailers can no longer differentiate on product or price alone. Experiences play a central role in brand perception,” says Kelli Hollinger, Director of the Center for Retailing Studies at Mays Business School. “The Retailing Summit’s speakers will address how their companies deliver engaging experiences successfully across both the physical and digital worlds to excite customers and drive sales.”
The 2017 Retailing Summit will include appearances by two CEOs, two of America’s top five retail firms by sales volume, several top 100 retailers, and other beloved brands.
A new and exciting addition to this year’s conference features a session with founders from four start-up companies launched by current and former Texas A&M students. The presentations showcase Texas A&M and its students as sources of technical innovation and new consumer brands in the retailing industry. The start-ups include AI technology, a grocery app, a nutritional snack and an apparel line.
This year’s conference speakers include:
- Crayola – Victoria Lozano, SVP & GM, Attractions & Retail
- Zoës Kitchen – Kevin Miles, CEO
- Dollar General – Steve Sunderland, SVP – Store Operations
- Indochino – Drew Green, CEO
- Walgreens – Kenya Jackson, Corporate Vice President
- The Home Depot – William Bonnell, Senior Director of Site Reliability Engineering
“The disruption in retail justifies investing time away from the office to learn. The conference agenda is packed with insights valuable to traditional retailers and suppliers alike,” Hollinger adds.
Proceeds from the Retailing Summit support leadership programs and curriculum for students pursuing retail studies at Mays Business School.
Conference sponsors include Academy Sports + Outdoors, Alliance Data, BDO, brierley + partners, NectarOM, Protivix, REVTECH, ROOT, Shell and Texas Retailers Association.
For further information on how to register for the 2017 Retailing Summit, visit retailingsummit.org.
By Andrew Vernon, Texas A&M University Mays Business School